I’ve started watching a new TV series this week… Lucky Man.
It stars James Nesbitt as a detective with a gambling addiction. I’m totally hooked on it at the moment.
Anyway, that’s what I want to talk to you about today. ADDICTION.
Not gambling addictions, but SUGAR ADDICTION.
It’s a very serious problem for a lot of people.
Apart from making you put weight on, there are lots of other bad side effects of too much sugar.
It can contribute towards diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, tooth decay, bad skin, headaches, fatigue and lots of other things.
How do you know if you’re addicted to sugar? And how can you overcome it?
- You eat sugary foods past the point you intended.
Have you ever eaten something and only intended to have one piece? But once you finish the first piece you think, “I want more. That wasn’t enough.”
Before you know it, you’ve consumed 10 pieces and you still want more. Like a morning-after hangover, you have feelings of regret immediately afterward.
Ask yourself: Why do I actually want this chocolate? Is it to enjoy one piece of chocolate? Or is it because your co-worker just snapped at you? If you find that your intention for having the chocolate is to soothe yourself, it might be best to step away from your desk and go for a 10-minute walk outside the office instead.
- You crave simple carbohydrates.
Your sugar addiction often gets worse because your body craves simple carbohydrates. After consuming them they turn into sugar very quickly and can feed your body’s addiction to sugar.
Pastries, white bread, pasta and white rice, are the most popular simple carbohydrates that sugar addicts will crave.
Start adding more vegetables to your diet like beetroot, sweet potatoes, and carrots. The addition of these types of vegetables will help curb your cravings because of the naturally occurring sugar.
- You eat sugary foods even when you don’t really want to.
Has this ever happened to you? You see a chocolate bar and you take a moment and ask yourself if you really want it and you say no. Ten minutes pass. The chocolate bar is calling your name.
You’re salivating but you know it’s not a good idea to eat it. You start rationalising why it would be okay to eat it. You tell yourself you ate healthy today and you’ll skip dessert for the next two days. So you go for it and tell yourself it will only be this one time.
It’s a good idea to always have fresh fruit on hand so you can combat these cravings when they come on.
- You eat sugary foods until you don’t feel well.
Have you ever eaten so many cookies that you experienced one or more of the following symptoms: headache, gas, bloated, fuzzy thinking, fatigue, or sleepiness? If so, those are symptoms of a sugar hangover.
If you’re a sugar addict, you probably do this a few times a week if not every day. You know that bingeing on sugar will make you feel this way but you do it anyway. The short-term benefit of eating the cake, cookie, or chocolate is worth the unpleasant aftereffects to you.
Try making an agreement with yourself not to keep sugary foods in the house, and when you’re at a restaurant order only one dessert and fully enjoy it. The act of eating dessert in public often creates accountability.
If you identify with some, if not all of the signs of sugar addiction, you aren’t alone. The good news is you can beat it! The first step is awareness, then you have to those 4 tips into practice.